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Man charged with killing cat remanded


Kevin LeCointre walks down the hallway of Stephenville Provincial Court on Tuesday. — Star photo by Frank Gale

STEPHENVILLE — Kevin Scott LeCointre, the 35-year-old man from the Port au Port Peninsula facing charges of damaging his girlfriend’s house and killing her cat has been remanded in custody.

When he appeared before Judge Jacqueline Jenkins in Stephenville Provincial Court Tuesday he agreed to the remand until Tuesday, June 7 at 2 p.m. for his next appearance in court. This is to give his lawyer, Fred Stagg, some time to look into the matter.

LeCointre is facing a total of 14 charges, many of them for breaching conditions of recognizances, while others include driving while disqualified, without a valid registration permit or a valid insurance policy, dangerous driving and providing a false name to police.

He has matters before the court in Ontario with three outstanding warrants on numerous charges, which police say include some that are violent in nature.

The damages to the house are estimated to be more than $5,000 and Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the Bay St. George RCMP said they included holes beaten in walls, broken windows and lots of damage to the contents of the house.

She said RCMP members who attended the scene found the cat dead, and while it had been stabbed they are not sure that is what caused its death.

“It goes towards the violent nature of this,” Noseworthy said.

According to Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador records, LeCointre had been fined a total of $2,500 on Dec. 1, 2003 for impaired driving offences that took place on Nov. 2, 2002 and March 28, 2003. He had received a suspended sentence on a dangerous operation of a vehicle charge from June 28, 2003.

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